Only one rookie has made it to THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola each of the last three years – Brandt Snedeker in 2007, Andres Romero in 2008 and Marc Leishman in 2009. Each went on to win PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors.
If another first-year player gets to Atlanta this year, it just might be Josh Teater. The Nationwide Tour grad is the only rookie among the current top 31 players on the leaderboard.
The Kentuckian has made two birdies in his first five holes to move to 5 under for the tournament. His best finish in 25 starts this year is a tie for third at the Turning Stone Resort Championship and followed by a tie for 18th a week ago in Greensboro.
As a result, Teater came to New Jersey ranked 88th in the FedExCup but is currently projected at No. 57. Of course, a lot can happen, but he’s certainly moving in the right direction.